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8 Tips For Running an Energy Efficient Home

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade the words energy efficient will mean something to you.  I have been trying to improve the way my home works for me and my family over the last five years or so.  I was inspired to do this after learning about the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere.  Another great motivator for me was saving money, and this has become more and more important over the last year.

I have some great tips on how to make your home more energy efficient so I thought I would share them with you today.  You may have heard them before but there might be some ideas which you have not put into action yet.

‘A Rated’ Efficient Tips :

  • Improve the appliances in your home.  I’m not saying chuck out your fridge and washing machine and go and buy replacements immediately. Not everyone can afford to do that. However, when the time comes to upgrade remember to buy ‘A rated’ appliances, they use less energy and will save you money in the long run. If you can’t buy a brand new look for second hand ‘A rated’ goods.
  • Check your boiler and consider updating. Old boilers don’t make good use of energy. Buy a new boiler and you will notice the difference.  If you can’t afford a new one remember to have it checked often to make sure it’s safe to use and buy an insulating jacket to try and help stop heat escaping.
  • Install a thermostat and use it to help stop your home from overheating or overcooling and using energy when it’s not necessary.
  • Check your window and door frames for gaps that allow air to escape and to get in. Cover your letterbox with a brush cover and use keyhole covers to help reduce the drafts.
  • If you can afford to replace your windows then do, especially if you have single pane windows. Dress your windows with heavy lined curtains to further retain the heat and keep the cold air out.  For the best results use full-length curtains and add a pelmet to the top of the curtains.
  • Keep radiators clear from obstructions and furniture if you can.  It’s best to let the heat flow throughout the room. You’ll feel the benefit by moving your sofa or chair to the other side of the room.
  • water heater which takes water directly from the mains is far more efficient than one which uses a water tank. A combination boiler is a good option and you can enjoy hot water as soon as you turn on the tap.
  • Remember to turn off the lights you don’t need as you move from room to room.  If there are rooms you hardly use go in and unplug everything electrical to save energy and consider keeping the curtains drawn.

There are lots of great tips to follow to help improve the efficiency of your home.  The problem is forming a new habit can be difficult. The best way to create a habit is to repeat them frequently. You will be glad you did when your bill arrives.

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